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At Last the Last of L O S T


The end of Lost is upon us. How will it end? Will it be as innovative an end as it was a beginning? That would be nice from a creative point of view, but network television is rarely about creativity as much as it is about viewership and commercial revenue.


The hook that got many Lost fans was the opening of the first show. In silence, a viewpoint of bamboo trees as Jack Shephard, looking up from the ground wakes, bloodied and banged up and the fade-in sounds of moans and cries of pain with the background loud whir and whirling of a still running jet engine about to blow. He looks around and sees people that are in need of help and medical attention. There is smoking plane wreckage strewn on a sandy tropical beach. There are bodies and people wandering, Lost in trauma and confusion. For about ten minutes all of this is introduced to the viewer before any opening credits. Then the title whirls up from the middle of the screen with an escalating whirring sound, not unlike the jet engine, and ends with a kettle drum bang, “LOST” fills the television screen.


It was a great opening, something different and creatively overdue for network television but I think maybe it ran too long.


Over the past six seasons we met more new characters than apparently actually got on the plane in the first place. Each character seemed to develop an overlapping storyline connecting them in some type of relationship to at least one other character. By season four, I felt trapped in a soap opera, an insipid saga of souls with broken spirits, looking for an elusive something and as we found what the something was, there something else mysterious and elusive attached to it.


It started out like a hot and lusty relationship, full of mystery and expectation. As more people and their story was introduced, the mystery and initial energy that ignited the relationship ran out of gas and fizzled out. It was like too much baggage to handle and not worth the effort.


The mystery went out of the relationship and for some there has been little lust for Lost. The storylines continuously overlapping to explanations of connections to the island characters became tedious . The flash forward, flash backward and flash sideways was sometimes irritating and just maybe that is one of the many hints as to what Lost is about.


Suppose the characters are patients in Hugo’s mental hospital. They are Lost souls trapped in their own island, held prisoner by the inability to cope or move forward and away from whatever life event landed them in the mental facility. That wouldn’t be an awesome ending, but it would make sense.


Whatever the ending brings, it was a decent romp and new type of storytelling for network television. It’s time for Lost to be over and go into syndication.

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